- an alloy of mercury with another metal or metals.
- an alloy that consists chiefly of silver mixed with mercury and variable amounts of other metals and is used as a dental filling.
- a rare mineral, an alloy of silver and mercury, occurring as silver-white crystals or grains.
- a mixture or combination: His character is a strange amalgam of contradictory traits.
Origin of amalgam
Related Words for amalgamadmixture, alloy, amalgamation, composite, compound, fusion, mishmash, soup
Examples from the Web for amalgam
Contemporary Examples of amalgam
Spall says that, faced with the contradictions in the research, they created an amalgam of them.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
Well, it was based on an amalgam of bands—Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and Van Halen.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper
July 27, 2014
The speech began as an amalgam of scare tactics and bipartisan appeal.Obama Warns of Big Layoffs Unless GOP Caves
February 19, 2013
The struggling technology company is an amalgam of businesses that could be worth more separately than they are together.Why Hewlett-Packard Should Consider Breaking Up
Rob Cox, Robert Cyran
December 7, 2012
Their Newt-defaming spot, “Serial Hypocrisy” is an amalgam of all the ads described above.Newt Gets Attacked in Ads Ranging From Mediocre to So-So
December 14, 2011
Historical Examples of amalgam
Amalgam can be separated from dirt by washing, almost as well as gold.
These are the places in which the gold, quicksilver, and amalgam are caught.
Will it be difficult to combine tin and mercury, so as to make an amalgam?The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
This mercury united with both the gold and the silver, making an amalgam.Diggers in the Earth
Eva March Tappan
The quicksilver clings to the gold and forms an amalgam with it.A Boy's Voyage Round the World
The Son of Samuel Smiles
- an alloy of mercury with another metal, esp with silverdental amalgam
- a rare white metallic mineral that consists of silver and mercury and occurs in deposits of silver and cinnabar
- a blend or combination
Word Origin for amalgam
c.1400, "blend of mercury with another metal; soft mass formed by chemical manipulation," from Old French amalgame or directly from Medieval Latin amalgama, "alloy of mercury (especially with gold or silver)," an alchemists' word, perhaps an alteration of Latin malagma "poultice, plaster," probably from Arabic al-malgham "an emollient poultice or unguent for sores (especially warm)" [Francis Johnson, "A Dictionary of Persian, Arabic, and English"], perhaps from Greek malagma "softening substance," from malassein "to soften," from malakos "soft."
- Any of various alloys of mercury with other metals, as with tin or silver, used for filling teeth.
- An alloy of mercury and another metal, especially:
- An alloy of mercury and silver used in dental fillings.
- An alloy of silver and tin used in silvering mirrors.